You, as a parent, send your child to the school building each day, five days a week to be exact. You expect him or her to receive a good education from a talented individual who has a passion for education. You expect this person to teach exciting lessons making your child, and a dozen others, thrilled to learn something new everyday. After all, this is the educator's only responsibility, right? Wrong. The number one job of a teacher in the State of North Carolina is not to teach. The number one job of a North Carolina teacher is to maintain order and discipline in the classroom. For quite sometime, people everywhere knew for a fact that despite the job title, that the main job of a teacher is to, well, to teach. According to the North Carolina General Statute 115C-307a, it states "To Maintain Order and Discipline. - It shall be the duty of all teachers, including student teachers, substitute teachers, voluntary teachers, and teacher assistants when given authority over some part of the school program by the principal or supervising teacher, to maintain good order and discipline in their respective schools. A teacher, student teacher, substitute teacher, voluntary teacher, or teacher assistant shall report to the principal acts of violence in school and students suspended or expelled from school as required to be reported in accordance with State Board policies." Seems strange? Well in fact, this makes sense. If the teacher cannot maintain order in the classroom, instruction cannot and will not take place. Students have to be well disciplined and focused if they are to be taught the subject material. So does this mean teaching is the secondary job of a teacher? The answer is no. The secondary job of a teacher is "To Provide for General Well-Being of Students". The teacher is to encourage temperance, morality, industry, and neatness and to promote the health, which involves activities such as recess for all students particularly at the elementary level. Now after these two main duties take place, teaching must occur, correct? Part C of the statute indicates that the teacher is "To Provide Some Medical Care to Students". The teacher is to apply some medical assistance to students as a result of instances such as a cut finger or a nosebleed, etc. Any major occurrences must be dealt with at the main office where, at most schools, a registered nurse is located.
So when does teaching occur, you ask? According to NCGS 115C-307(d) the fourth duty of the teacher is stated as follows: "To Teach the Students. - It shall be the duty of all teachers, including student teachers, substitute teachers, voluntary teachers, and teacher assistants when given authority over some part of the school program by the principal or supervising teacher, to teach as thoroughly as they are able all branches which they are required to teach; to provide for singing in the school, and so far as possible to give instruction in the public school music. This particular duty of a teacher, as it is written, seems very outdated as if it were not updated since the late 18oos, perhaps soon after the Civil War ended. The scope of this duty is far out dated, it does not merely describe what an actual school teacher does today in the 21st century. The other duties that a teacher is obliged to fulfill is "To Enter into the Superintendent's Plans for Professional Growth" this is for the teacher's professional growth, not the student, "To Discourage Nonattendance" of the students, "To Make Required Reports" to the principal of the school, and finally "To Take Care of School Buildings". As you can see, to teach in the State of North Carolina alone involves a lot more than just teaching. It is a full time, dedicated position that involves paperwork and documentation just as any other non-teaching job would require, plus the benefit of ensuring that each and every student who walks through the classroom door is receiving a world class education and that the teacher is appeasing both the parental unit and administration from the school level to the top of the State Board of Education.
1. Develop rapport with the student
Getting to know the student personally increases the comfort level between the student and the tutor. Students learn best if they develop a sense of respect and admiration for the tutor and viewing him or her as a person, rather than just a business professional.
2. Create a lesson outline for each session
Utilize every moment of the session. Nothing seems more unprofessional than an unorganized tutor with numerous gaps in the delivery of his or her instruction. Keep the flow of instruction with guided lessons and more-than-enough practice problems. Prepare yourself in order to anticipate questions that the student may have and that you will have multiple ways of demonstrating a concept. Do not overwhelm the student with multiple concepts. Hone in on their weaknesses and work to increase their confidence level.
3. Do your research on the curriculum
Knowing your student’s grade level and subject is very critical. Students who need tutoring are most likely suffering from a weak foundation and need that assistance to play “catch up” in their studies. Knowing the curriculum helps tremendously by filling in missing key elements that will help prepare the student for current and upcoming lessons in school.
4. Patience is a virtue
One of the biggest failures in tutoring is the tutor’s lack of patience. Allow the student time to master a skill with practice. Although time is critical, spending a considerable amount of time instructing on one concept is better than having to review the concept at a later time. Give praise to the student often for their accomplishment. They may not be receiving these accolades during school or even at home.
5. Preparation is important
Always prepare for the unexpected. Supply the student with plenty of notebook paper, scratch paper, a calculator, sharpened pencils, pens, coursework, etc. Never assume that the student will be prepared with such materials.
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Imagine a program designed to assist educators, parents and even administrators with the upbringing of students in regards to fulfilling the educational goals of students. RISE UP INNOVATIONS a newly developed education enrichment program that will exclusively accommodate of low-to-average performing students attending various North Carolina school districts. The goal of the program is targeted towards upper elementary, middle and high school age students on the verge of dropping out of school due to but not limited to continuous academic failure, lack of motivation, and inadequate home and school resources. The Program shall accommodate low performing and at-risk students who are registered at state supported public schools. Our goal is to improve the educational services for children and youth in local and State institutions for neglected or delinquent children and youth so that such children and youth have the opportunity to meet the same challenging State academic content standards and challenging State student academic achievement standards that all children in the State are expected to meet. Also, to provide such children and youth with the services needed to make a successful transition from institutionalization to further schooling or employment; and to prevent at-risk youth from dropping out of school, and to provide dropouts, and children and youth returning from correctional facilities or institutions for neglected or delinquent children and youth, with a support system to ensure their continued education. We aim to support for teachers and school leaders to become more effective, and to increase emphasis and resources for the rigorous interventions needed to turn around the lowest-performing schools.
The RISE UP Program is designed to aid disadvantaged students with an exclusive opportunity to achieve the state education requirements. The Program shall set its standards above the state’s standards in order for our students to set their goals towards obtaining above standard high school diplomas enabling them to earn the credentials suitable for admission to a vast selection of prestigious colleges and universities throughout the country. Students will be able to acquire extra assistance in their studies with the aid of part-time certified instructors of core courses including but not limited to science, reading, mathematics and social studies. The Program shall grant students access to up-to-date, and highly technological equipment to utilize after school hours of which the homes of the members of our program may lack the availability of such equipment. Equipment such as computers connected to the Internet with safe and monitored browsing, educational resources, scientific and graphing calculators, multi-function printers, secured servers with dedicated ample storage for members and educational software shall be accessible for all members. Students will be able to utilized counseling services to help them overcome barricades such as testing anxiety, lack of motivation in regular classrooms, behavior modification as well as to learn test preparation techniques, attending college for a purpose, and a multitude of career, financial, and life planning seminars.
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Chances are, you aren't thinking about life after graduation from high school. Chances are, many of you do not ponder about what you plan on doing after officially leaving high school. It doesn't matter what age you are. By the time you enter your middle school years, you should be thinking reasonably about what you want to do for a living. Where can you begin when thinking about a career path? Think about your passions. If you are an athlete in middle or high school, you may be thinking about becoming a professional football, basketball or soccer player. These are great aspirations but consider the realistic side of it. The average high school or college student going pro is less than 2%. (Source: NCAA). Consider researching the careers directly related to the sports industry. For example, "sports medicine, sports law, sports education, sports journalism." The possibilities are endless! Perhaps you are into computers. You spend hours on a laptop, pc, or tablet and you know the ends and outs based on your curiosity. Consider researching computer engineering or computer drafting, network administration, website programmer, etc. The sky is the limit when it comes to finding a career that suits your needs and desires. A career should reflect your interests and passions. If you desire to become a "doctor", understand that a doctor is much more than just a person working in a hospital. You can become a doctor of law (JD), Doctor of Medicine (MD), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D), Doctor of Education (Ed.D), etc. If you are looking for a career that pays a lot, consider this, do what you love, the money will follow.
We all know that the cost of hiring a professional tutor can be outrageous. If you're looking for affordability you tend to investigate the private sector. If you're looking for credibility, the corporate sector is quite possibly the way to go, only, their fees are astronomical. Educators in the public and private schools usually dedicate their time directly after school and very seldom offer help off campus. Children who are in desperate need of assistance and their families are financially strapped are usually left behind and are pushed forward a grade level each year still being behind in the curriculum. Our question to you is, what do you look for in a tutoring company? Do you pay attention to affordability, credibility, location, or integrity? Please take a moment to post your comments, questions, concerns. Please be respectful with your comments.
As parents, you are the most essential element in your child's education. You are the first point of contact for your children and you are, as well, the primary teacher. You are the person he or she looks up to as their supreme role model, and you are the person he or she learns moral values from. Educators in the public and private schools across the nation are merely supplements for your child's education. They play a major role to the development of children, but the parent is the one whose values are either inherited or imparted in their lives. Educators are helpers in the development and academic teachings of children, of which they are only in the lives of children for a season. Parents are in the lives of their children for a lifetime.
Mathlinks Education Services is dedicated to reestablishing the education standards comparable to that of other nations across the globe. We are on a mission of education restoration, and reformation across the nation and becoming number one in all aspects of education. Each individual person, school, and government agency need to recognize their role and submit to the requirements needed to produce students who encompass moral values and high standards. Our society as a whole needs to come together and support one another for a common goal. The students of today will, one day, be the future leaders of our nation. The subjects that our public and private schools are required to teach need to have relevance and taught in full capacity. Students need to have direction, and learn how to discover their purpose and work towards their own unique goals. Our students need to be purpose driven and understand their existence in life.